UPLB Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and NSTP Director Dr. Portia G. Lapitan assigned the Ugnayan ng Pahinungod to take on roles in the college-based implementation of National Service Training Program (NSTP) 1 and 2 classes starting first semester of AY 2015-2016.
This was part of the efforts to constitute an integrated framework drafted during the NSTP Planning Workshop last June 23-25, which was attended by around 60 participants composed of college deans, faculty, and REPS.
During the workshop, Dr. Lapitan emphasized that the cooperation with Pahinungod would help foster the potential impacts of NSTP projects for community development.
“After those many years of implementing the program by the different colleges, I think it’s high time that we come up with an integrated framework, so that we will be able to concert our effort, not duplicate efforts, and that we will have more impact on the community and the people we would like to serve,” said Dr. Lapitan.
For the NSTP 1 common module classes, Pahinungod developed a module on Volunteerism and Active Citizenship, which tackles on forms and types of school-based public service initiatives, Volunteer Act of 2007, and the effects of volunteering on the server and served.
The said module was conducted in NSTP 1 lecture classes last Aug 17 by Pahinungod faculty volunteers, namely Dr. Maria Catalina T. de Luna (CVM), aProf. Edgar Reyes, Jr. (CHE), aProf. Mark Lester Chico (CDC), aProf. Adrian Sumalde (CEAT), aProf. Mark Jayson Cortez (CAS), Mr. Jickerson Lado (CAS), Ms. Katherine Gonzales (CAS), Mr. John Mervin Embate (CAS); alumni volunteers, namely Ms. Rochelle Saracanlao and Mr. Timothy Pasicolan; and staff, namely Engr. Clyde Angelo Bisares and Mr. Jose Limbay Lahi Espaldon.
Meanwhile, for the NSTP 2 classes, Pahinungod is in-charge of identifying and coordinating with potential project sites and partner institutions, conducting community needs analyses for discussion with college coordinators, and keeping profile of other communities and partners identified or recommended by the colleges for NSTP projects.
In line with this, Pahinungod has started coordinating with its existing partner communities and has been establishing new partnerships with the local government units and public educational institutions for potential NSTP 2 sites in the coming semesters.
Since 2002, the NSTP has been offered in line with the Republic Act 9163 or the NSTP Act of 2001. The UPLB Ugnayan ng Pahinungod took charge in handling the Literacy Training Service (LTS) and Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS) components until 2011 when the offering of NSTP was decentralized to degree-granting colleges. MPGarcia